abemorsten (2916) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 650 ml bottle at Melkebaren, Sandnes. Clear, deep golden with a creamy, light brown head. Fruity, malty, hoppy, floral nose. Sweet, bitter flavors with notes of hops, malts, alcohol, spruce and pine. Full body. Smooth and light syrupy. Light alco warmth. Dry tongue.
cfrancis (2511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly cloudy light golden yellow with a thin frothy white top. Aroma is a pleasant pine hops and sweet malts. Taste is a great balance of sweet malt backbone and piney, slightly resinous hops. Nice beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy amber/orange with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, fresh sweet citrus, bread dough and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt mixed with a firm hop bitterness that keeps the beer somewhat balanced, light alcohol warmth. Medium body with mild carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Nice beer, lots of sweet malt and fresh hops, seems like an IIPA.
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Misty olive yellow with a big bubbled white head. Nose is butterscotch pudding and faint spruce. Creamy medium body with an oily buzz. Taste is orange marmalade and melon; dry and pithy, then pine.
Jethro6191 (465) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold with a thin bubbly head. Dank musty aroma and flavor. Citrus and grassy notes with a bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.
BK7 (748) - Turner, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. A big beer with a nice balance of sweet, bitter and citrus. A bit of stickyness to it. A strong bite on the finish that has some alcohol burn to it.
A good brew.
SPDickerman (991) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Smells bready and yeasty with some hop notes, floral. Tastes very bready and yeasty with what could be described as hop bitterness on the back end. Full-bodied with an oily texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Hoppe finishes like a loaf of white bread.
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Uncle Jack’s Spirits in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-yellow body with a inch-plus head of white foam. Decent coating of sticky lace on the way down.
Smell: A simple, soft maltiness in the nose hinting at sliced white bread and biscuits with a small, small hint of caramelized sugars. Floral, zesty, citrusy, grassy hops; goodly aromatic, I must say and quite inviting.
Taste: Sugar encrusted, lightly bready, biscuity malts with a little tickle of wheat-like tanginess. Sweetness is eventually kicked aside as the resinous, grassy, fruity hops roll in. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus elements with an approved juiciness to it. Medium-high bitterness. The prodigal sweetness returns. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruit juice flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice brew (a pleasant surprise, as I wasn’t really expecting much from it). It’s got a good blend of sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness, and while bigger, yes, I don’t ever find it to be maddeningly heavy and clumsy or grotesquely bitter.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a frothy finger of slightly off-white head that lingers around for quite some time. The head eventually fades leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of strong sweetness from some caramel malts and the residual sugars, some potent hops, and a bit of breadiness and booze in the background.
T - Starts off with some big rich sweetness from the residual sugars and the rich caramel malt. Right behind is some citrus/piney hops and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness grows quite a bit and the harshness of the sweetness fades. There is a bit of bready flavor and a touch of booze that come through as well. The finish is a mix of hops, rich sweetness, and some booze that linger.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and quite syrupy, but still feels crisp and not too heavy.
D - Very drinkable. Through the booze and residual sugars do come through, this is still a very drinkable beer. The hops and the richness of the sugars are pretty well balanced and do seem to work well together in this case.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super bright golden pour with a thick white head. Lots of lace on the glass. Aroma was a balanced mix of candy sweetness and citrus hops. Flavors were just the same. Fruity, decent bitterness throughout and a sweet malty finish. Actually quite smooth and drinkable. Mouthfeel was about medium, carbonation relaxed. A good hoppy ale with a sweetness that you come to expect from Southern Tier. Nice.